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October 11, 2011
By: Dan Hopkins
Two Men And A Truck’s Advice for dog owners, when preparing for an upcoming move
10). Under no circumstances should you place your dog in the back of a moving truck. Even safely tucked in a well-ventilated pet travel carrier, the truck is almost always hot (even in winter) and of course, the doors are closed.
9). Your dog will most likely want to play with the movers and probably everyone else, so take him / her to a kennel, dog spa or have a friend or relative dog sit at their home, before the movers arrive. Those will be the best places for your furry friend; then you can devote your total attention to your moving activities.
8). If your dog must be with you during your move, keep your loved one outside or out of the movers’ way. Dogs crave the attention of strangers and can create obstacles which will impede the move.
7). Have dog treats on hand for move day to keep him / her quiet. It's also good way to get your dog to listen and obey. And, it's a great idea to have water and nutritious human treats for your movers as well.
6). Pack a separate box of your dog's favourite toys. Once at your new home, your dog may be frightened of the new surroundings, so, having familiar playthings ready will reduce stress levels.
5). Don't forget that your dog will be excited on move day and will need plenty of water. Exercise is the best way to get your dog ready, more relaxed and calm for when the movers arrive. Depending on your dog’s age and size, draining his / her energy level may not be easy, so plan frequent walks. I know that a 30-minute walk barely makes a dent in our dog’s energy level.
1). Have fun – moving into new digs is a time to celebrate. Have the movers take a picture…you, your family and your dog in your new home. What a perfect reminder of the day you just shared.
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